In support of their new CD, Now Again, the present incarnation of The Flatlanders; Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Joe Ely, accompanied by Gary Herman (vocals, bass), Robbie Gjersoe (guitar, vocals), and Rafael Gayol (drummer) hit the stage early. The band blazed through new songs, blending country/folk/rock with unearthly harmonies that raised goosebumps.
Sprinkling the music with West Texas tall tales of honky tonks, the hometown boys welcomed old friends on stage for two songs from the original 1971 More A Legend Than A Band. Tony Pearson on mandolin, and Steve Wesson on the musical saw never missed a beat on "One Road More" and "You've Never Seen Me Cry".
And the night was young. The crowd chimed in with Butch's
classic "West Texas Waltz", and reminiscent
of the Cotton
Club, everyone was dancing by the end.
The crowd wanted more. Even the wind held it's breath as Butch sang, barely above a whisper the classic "If You Were A Bluebird."
And what would a night of hometown boys be without Buddy? As the clock struck midnight, the Flatlanders roared into "Oh Boy!"
The crowd was converted into believers when they sang along
to "Right Where I Belong."
The evening started with a lively version of Joe's "I Had My Hopes Up High".
Flatlanders, c. 1972
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